Siasia Takes a Swipe at European Clubs over Black Coaches

by on March 10, 2016

Super Eagles stand-in head coach, Samson Siasia has said there are only a handful of black coaches working in Europe because the clubs there do not be­lieve in them.
Siasia has been reappointed Nige­ria coach in an interim capacity in the wake of the surprise resignation of Sunday Oliseh recently.
He first coached Nigeria Super Eagles in 2010, before he was fired the following year after he failed to qualify the country to the 2012 AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Before getting his coaching badg­es in the United States of America and Europe, he played for French club Nantes as well as Lokeren in Belgium.
He also featured at the 1994 World Cup in the USA when Nige­ria made a long-awaited debut.
Siasia has now said European clubs are guilty of not giving black coaches a chance.
“I want to believe that the reasons there are not many black coaches working in Europe are because the European clubs hardly give us a chance and they do not believe in us,” said the coach, who himself was severally linked with jobs abroad.
“Many of us have not only played at the highest level in Europe, but have excelled, but even when we get our coaching badges there, these clubs still don’t give us the break we need to show what we can do out­side the pitch.
“We have many ex-African play­ers with French nationality, but I can only recall (Claude) Makalele who was at Bastia and that was it.
“Where is John Barnes with all he achieved at Liverpool and even though he grew up in England and played for that country? He was not given much of a chance there as a coach.
“Where is another black coach, Chris Houghton? Where is he now?
“Many of us have good records as players and then coaches, but because the European clubs do not believe in us, we end up having to do something else.” He said.

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